Who wouldn't want an ingestible super-computer-in-a-pill designed to make the person who swallows it way cooler than he or she ever was? Soon the squip is installed in his brain, dispensing such crucial nuggets as " You have to talk as per rap-slash-hip-hop, the dominant music of youth culture " and " Step one is that you stop pacing and get a new shirt, Jeremy. Vizzini Te en Angst? Readers grappling with their own social status will appreciate the fact that while the notion of coolness may be satirized here, it's certainly not demonized or dismissed.
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Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini. Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork. Day after day, he stares at beautiful Christine, the girl he can never have, and dryly notes the small humiliations that come his way.
Until the day he learns about the "squip. By instructing him on everything f Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork.
By instructing him on everything from what to wear, to how to talk and walk, the squip transforms Jeremy from Supergeek to superchic. Now an off-Broadway musical! Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Disney-Hyperion first published April 19th More Details Original Title.
New Jersey United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Be More Chill , please sign up. This book has gotten many bad reviews and it made me lenient to pick it up. Is it anything like the musical? Or will I be disappointed? Alexine You will be disappointed by the book. I see fans greatly enjoying the musical and I see such cute fanart that sadly, it's hard for me to enjoy because …more You will be disappointed by the book.
I see fans greatly enjoying the musical and I see such cute fanart that sadly, it's hard for me to enjoy because I can't see the characters as they do. They're such assholes in the book. Is this based off the musical, or is the musical based off the book?
Praised as "a high-energy, imaginative, well-crafted world premiere musical" in The Star-Ledger, Be More Chill was lauded as "a vibrant, inventive musical that makes the most of every moment and features an abundantly talented cast" by BroadwayWorld. See all 9 questions about Be More Chill…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Be More Chill. Oct 10, Gauri rated it did not like it Shelves: depression. This is the most vile and terrible book I have read in a long, long while. I finished this in one day, not because it was engrossing, but the material presented in here was so shocking I needed to read until the end to make sure it wasn't a satire.
The premise of this book is essentially that a high-school aged boy, Jeremy, who longs after a particular girl and has low self-esteem about his persona, comes across a small pill-sized supercomputer called a "squip" that can act as a instructional gu This is the most vile and terrible book I have read in a long, long while.
The premise of this book is essentially that a high-school aged boy, Jeremy, who longs after a particular girl and has low self-esteem about his persona, comes across a small pill-sized supercomputer called a "squip" that can act as a instructional guide on how to behave and what to do to accomplish one's goals.
Using this, he is able to be considered "cool" and be among other popular teenagers who he once admired. What is just terrible about this book is that the author portrays and discusses girls and women as objects. Jeremy intentionally engages in sexual and romantic relationships with girls that he is not interested in, in order to demonstrate his sexual activity and be praised and viewed highly for it among his peers.
By doing this, he hopes to gain the favor of his crush who maintains a distance from him. The Squip instructs him in how to seduce these girls. He gives instructions such as "make traces along her back with your fingers" and other touching, which is generally okay, but becomes problematic when the author, Vizzini, writes every single girl to positively respond to these actions -- as if these are the "keys to success" with girls, and that every girl will accept this behavior towards them.
There is also some lesson that the Squip gives him, instructing him that women and girls are attracted to pheromones. Once you get with a girl, other girls will come to you and want you. Now, this is suggesting that there is justification in infidelity on the male's part because of females' "innate" attraction. Jeremy himself makes a comment later in the book to his crush, who was heartbroken about being cheated on by her ex-boyfriend, "I reassure, 'We're all dicks, if you give us the chance.
We're just guys. We react to threats and rewards. Another issue this book runs into is that though infidelity is dismissed when males commit it, girls are continuously and pervasively labeled "sluts" and "whores" and have every insult in the book thrown at them by both girls and boys. We know Elizabeth is like your Spider-Slut alterego or something. Every character in this book "slutshames" or shames girls for being sexually active or having multiple partners -- this is a serious matter.
Another thing to note is that Jeremy's love interest is not as sexually active as other girls, and is often described to be different than the other girls he meets whom he respects very little, once again, enforcing the hypocritical view of sexuality between the genders. There are also other terrible things written: 1 Some boys in the book capture pictures of girls in sexual acts and post them online without them knowing.
Vizzini writes no voice of moral conscience explaining that this is wrong; instead, his characters revel at the "opportunity".
The main character treats her with skepticism, and just says, "weird. Also, the word "gay" is continually used as an insult, as a slur. However, this isn't brought on by the realization of his terrible treatment of girls or his old friends, but by a freak accident that injures his new friends. And, he regrets the decision of taking the chip because his crush ultimately rejects him.
Thus, at the end of the novel, though the Squip is realized to be a bad and immoral influence on the main character, no comment is made whatsoever about his behavior with the female characters. Jeremy is just portrayed as a tragic hero. Here is why all of this is very, very bad, and I seriously think this book should not be praised or even really published: Boys, aged 12 - 17, some of whom might be reclusive or have low self-esteem, and have some of the desires that the main character initially did, might pick up this book.
As they read, they'll believe: "I have to dress this way. I have to talk this way. If I say this, girls will like me and smile at me. But I have to say just the right thing. And, I should only pay attention or be nice to girls who I'm interested in, forget the others. The way to ultimately get the girl I want is to touch them this way and manipulate them in this way. They'll totally fall for it. And I'll get what I want sexual favors. This is a very disgusting book. Reconsidering another book by this author I once read, It's Kind of a Funny Story , I realize that the two female characters that were love interests, were also portrayed with this misogynistic attitude.
I shelved the book as a "Favorite" because he truly spoke well about depression, but how wrong he is about other issues makes my stomach churn. I will be editing my review for that book with respect to my thoughts this evening. View all 19 comments. Annabelle I believe it was meant to be satirical. I believe it was meant to be satirical. It also shows that friendship is most important.
Almost from a scientific standpoints for shows just how immature children can be. Vizzini is trying to show the reader that all of this is wrong.
NOT right and just. Brian I think you're either being too harsh or too naive on how reality is, and how teenagers actually behave. They can be heartless, uncouth, hateful littl I think you're either being too harsh or too naive on how reality is, and how teenagers actually behave.
They can be heartless, uncouth, hateful little bastards. I read this book in high school, actually the same age Jeremy was in the story.
And I was fascinated with the book's verisimilitude in depicting reality.
Be More Chill
Be More Chill is written in the first person, from the perspective of high school student Jeremy Heere. Jeremy is considered a loser by his popular peers; the popular girls have no interest in him, and he is constantly bullied. Jeremy's best friend is the music-loving Michael Mell. They sit together at lunch and talk about Jeremy's attempts at wooing his longtime crush, Christine Canigula. Jeremy is tired of being a loser and hopes to find a way to change this.
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